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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dumbing down the library

Now the plan is coming out. The politicians are telling us that what Troy needs is a lousy library, if they can save it at all.
Prop 1 would have maintained our library at the sterling level we've loved over the years. It would have cost the average family $8 a month--that after most of us have seen our taxes go down hundreds of dollars a year. 
So the idea is, now we can have a crummy library by firing a few police or ripping out other programs we all want. Oh yes, and anti-taxman Howrylak claims he wouldn't oppose a half mill tax increase.
Of course in June he promised voters in private and from his city council pulpit that he WOULD NOT OPPOSE A LIBRARY MILLAGE UNDER 1 MILL.
He didn't tell the truth there either.
So how are our leaders describing the library they may be kind enough to let us have?

  • Wade Fleming says "it won't be the library of the past." 
  • Ed Kempen says, "It won't be grandiose, but it will be a library."
  • Marty Howrylak told the Tea Party on Tuesday night that the problem with Proposal 1 was that it sought to fund a "top-notch" library. He said we don't need that. We only need what we can afford. Of course, we could have easily afforded a great library via Prop 1. But Howrylak sent out letters and backed the TCU/Troy Tea Party in all of its lies about what Proposal 1 meant, so thanks to Marty, we don't get to have a good library and maybe, come July 2011, we won't have one at all.
Do you really think all the people who voted NO knew that Howrylak's plan was to fund a crappy library? Did Kempen's proposal say we needed a junk library, or did people believe that he intended to keep the library we already have? Actually, I noticed very clearly that his mandate petition asked for "a library." When I argued with a man who was getting signatures in front of the library about how very little the mandate mandated, the man told me, anyone would understand "a library" means this library. I argued with him that as a legally defining sentence, "a library" meant only "a library." And that's exactly what Kempen is saying we'll get--not "grandiose" just "a." Well, sir with the clipboard, you unknowingly helped deceive hundreds of Troy residents. Proud now?

And may I ask why Howrylak is telling his plan to the local Tea Party/Troy Citizens United 24 hours after REFUSING to tell the people of Troy at the city council meeting. 
I mean, doesn't he serve the people of Troy and not the Tea Party?
Guess not...

2 comments:

  1. Sharon,
    Reading this keeps pissing me off. The previous "anonymous" quote is interesting, but frustrating, reaking of lawyers fees if anyone attempted to go the route of trying to prosecute anyone. I guess I could write city council folks--hell, I'd even volunteer to read for a kids story hour to keep that part of a library (and I'd allow sibling to attend)--but it really sound like an uphill battle after TCU having thrown the library under the bus.

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  2. Hey Deb,
    I know. I feel like I'm greiving. I wonder how many people know they've been flim-flammed. And this is just the beginning! Ed Kempen mentioned at the end of his speech Monday that they are planning to change the City Charter (like a Constititution) again soon.
    Because people aren't paying attention they are destroying our city with little resistance!
    Spread the word!

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